So, you need to displace your home’s windows. You are weighing the professionals and cons of an DIY install versus hiring a specialist service.
Saving money on installation is tempting, but you commence to worry about what could fail. You wonder, “Does installing my very own windows void the warranty?” or “What are the benefits associated with hiring a window replacement service?”
And guess what? You’re to ask those questions. Replacing your own windows may sound like a basic 1-for-1 exchange, but could it be really that easy? Exactly what does the procedure involve?
Let’s have a closer look at the benefits of hiring a window replacement tempe service in comparison to going the DIY route.
Expert measurements and better collection of windows
What size windows do you will need? Are your windows standard or custom sizes? You can take your own measurements for replacements, but retain in mind that if your numbers are off by even half an inch, you might end up with windows that are too big for their openings. You will need to send them all back (potentially paying a hefty re-stocking fee) and spend your time waiting for the right size to reach. Windows that are too small will have to be supported by shims or also returned for a different size.
man measuring window
Even worse, incorrectly sized windows aren’t as energy-efficient and tend to be more susceptible to air leaking about the frame. This means that you won’t have the best return on the amount of money you spent upgrading to energy-efficient windows.
Experts have working out and skills to quickly know what size and kind of window to recommend for your home. Among the benefits of finding a window replacement service is the guarantee that the windows they order will fit correctly.
Perhaps counter-intuitively, you may even get better pricing through a specialist window company than by going to a big box do-it-yourself store and selecting products from the shelf. Window companies can purchase in bulk at lower prices and then pass those savings to you.
Have to replace custom windows? A window replacement service will help you source just what you need.
Cleanup and disposal assistance
Whether you choose to DIY or hire a specialist window replacement service, you will need to prepare your home by:
Clearing an access path to the installation location
Removing window treatments and surrounding wall décor
Covering floors and furniture to safeguard them from damage
Designating a protected storage location for items that have to be moved during installation
Establishing a staging location for debris
If you do your own window replacement, the cleanup and disposal part of the project (including its additional cost) will be solely your responsibility.
A specialist installation company, on the other hand, may include debris removal and disposal in their quote. Be sure to include this on your list of questions to ask potential installers.
Fast and efficient installation
Honest answer – what is your time worth? Next question: how long will it take that you can use a window? Your time and effort will probably be worth money which money is wasted if you spend a whole day struggling to set up a single window.
The 10-step installation process takes professionals typically 1 hour per window. A team of installers can generally complete an entire small home in simply a single day.
Unless you have installed a lot of windows in your free time, odds are it will require you considerably longer than it probably will take the experts and you will be less ready to fix any challenges that could arise through the process.
man installing door
Another often overlooked element in your choice to DIY or hire a window installer is logistics. If you install your own windows, have you got all of the necessary tools? If not, will you buy them or rent them? Both options incur extra cost and if you opt to choose the tools, you will desire a place to store them or must take the time to sell them once the project is complete.
Professionals bring all the various tools with them and take them away when the work is performed. You don’t have to worry about these logistics.
Remember that question you’d earlier about whether installing your own windows voids the warranty? Well, the response to that is, “This will depend.”
For most windows, the manufacturer’s warranty states that “damage caused by the improper installation” is not covered. When you have the skills and tools to correctly install your own windows in line with the manufacturer’s specifications, you most likely won’t void your manufacturer’s warranty.
If, however, any part of your do-it-yourself install doesn’t meet those specs, and you submit a warranty claim later, an inspector could deny your claim citing an improper installation as the reason for product failure.
Avoid the potential long-term costliness of an voided warranty by hiring professionals. Among the benefits of a window replacement service would be that the team is trained on the proper installation options for your windows. Installers will most likely provide an installation warrantee that guarantees the grade of their service.
This can incorporate with your manufacturer’s warrantee on the windows themselves to provide you with the best possible coverage. Much like any warranty, be sure to ask for copies of both policies and make sure that you understand what is and is not covered.
Hiring a specialist window replacement service, rather than wanting to install your own windows, benefits you in many ways including:
Expert measurements to ensure correct window sizing
Advice about sourcing custom-sized windows
Prospect of better pricing
Coordination of post-project debris removal*
Fast and efficient installation
No need to acquire or rent specialty installation tools
Protection of the manufacturer’s warranty
*Confirm these services/features with your potential installer prior to signing a contract